Province Launches New Bear Smart Campaign

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A new education and awareness initiative called Bear Smart will help the public to stay safe and keep black bears in nature and out of harm’s way, Conservation Minister Stan Struthers announced today.

"We want to promote what people can do to avoid attracting bears to residences and communities," said Struthers.

Bear Smart will include roadside signs, brochures and fact sheets, an information campaign and free community workshops presented by the government. The initiative will help to safeguard humans; minimize property, crop and livestock damage; and maintain a healthy bear population. The Bear Smart initiative is two-fold:

  • building black-bear awareness, and

  • managing hunting to regulate the number and distribution of bears.

"In addition to maximizing human safety and minimizing damage to property and crops, Bear Smart will help manage the number of problem bears," said the minister.

The first community workshop of the season will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 18 at the Winnipeg Convention Centre. Participants can register by calling 204-945-7773.

Information about Bear Smart is available at http://www.manitoba.ca/blackbear.